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I’ve Seen Hell and Know What’s Coming (The Daily Beast)

There is much to fear from the president-elect, and from ourselves. I’ve seen it in Africa; in the Middle East; in Southeast Asia; and in the Caucasus. Tear away the thin veneer of civilization and we become the Lord of the Flies. The bullying, the assaults, the crude graffiti, and vile social media posts of the […]

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26:  People march in the American Muslim Day Parade on September 26, 2010 in New York, New York. The annual parade celebrates the presence and contributions of Muslims in New York City and surrounding areas. The parade, which attracts hundreds of participants, concludes with a bazaar selling food, clothing, and books from various Muslim nations.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

For Muslim Americans, Fear and Shock at a Trump Presidency (ForeignPolicy.com)

An imperiled minority fears that latent demons of intolerance and violence have been released into the wild. By Lawrence Pintak. American Muslims and Arab-Americans woke up Wednesday morning with shock, fear, and a determination to tackle head-on the bigotry that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. “The U.S. we knew yesterday is no […]

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Islamophobia After Trump (AlAraby.co.uk – The New Arab)

(Oct. 27, 2016) Donald Trump and ISIS. It was the Perfect Storm. The damage has left a barrage of emotions reverberating through the American Muslim community, from fear and suspicion to anger and defiance. Come November 9th, unless lightning strikes, Donald Trump will be, to use one of his favourite expressions, a loser. And the nation […]

The Spark that Lit the War on Terror (ForeignPolicy.com)

(Sept. 30, 2016) It all seemed so easy back then. When American Marines landed in Beirut 34 years ago this month, they came, as their commander put it, “to help our Lebanese friends.” The problem was, friends can be fickle. The Reagan administration saw white hats and back hats in Lebanon, when in fact, they […]

WASHINGTON D.C., Sept. 9, 2015-- U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during "Stop the Iran Deal" rally at West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Sept. 9, 2015. U.S. Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz called on lawmakers to boycott the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, warning of dire consequences if the agreement is implemented. 
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Black & White and Trump All Over (ForeignPolicy.com)

EVERETT, Washington — Maybe it was jet lag. But the scene seemed a bit surreal: the African-American hawker selling “Donald ‘Fucking’ Trump” buttons, the young Hispanic guy with the “Build a Wall” T-shirt, the grinning fellow of Chinese descent strategically placed behind the podium. I had stepped off a flight from the United Arab Emirates […]

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Can Cartoons Save Pakistan’s Children From Jihad? (ForeignPolicy.com)

LAHORE, Pakistan — “How do we prevent the 5-year-old in Pakistan from becoming a radical?” U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan asked in an April interview. Imran Azhar has a ready answer: “You make him a hero. And you redefine what it is to be a hero.” Azhar is part of a small group of Pakistani […]

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Not All Islamists are Out to Kill Us (ForeignPolicy.com)

(July 19, 2016) The challenge Tweeted by Donald Trump’s military advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, after the horrific Nice massacre was clear and direct. “In next 24 hours, I dare Arab & Persian world ‘leaders’ to step up to the plate and declare their Islamic ideology sick and must B healed.” The same day, Newt […]

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The Muslims Are Coming! The Muslims Are Coming! (ForeignPolicy.com)

American Islamophobia is as old as Plymouth Rock, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this before.

(June 16, 2016) They are “terrorist savages” and “mongrels,” part of the “rubbish from the desperate and criminal populations of the Third World” who have “backfilled” America.

We are talking, of course, about Muslims.

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Portland Is the Most Livable City in America — Except if You’re Muslim (ForeignPolicy.com)

PORTLAND, Oregon (April 8, 2016) — Guilt by association. It’s the centerpiece of both Donald Trump’s and Ted Cruz’s policies toward Islam. And it’s something Muslims in this bastion of Pacific Northwest liberalism know a lot about. They have been struggling against innuendo, stereotyping, and mistrust since 9/11.

“We have people living in our country that want to do great harm to our country,” Trump told CBS News after the Brussels attacks. Asked whether Americans should profile their neighbors, he replied, “Everybody should watch out.”

EXETER, NH - FEBRUARY 04:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Exeter Town Hall on February 4, 2016 in Exeter, New Hampshire. Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates are stumping for votes throughout New Hampshire leading up to the Presidential Primary on February 9th.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

‘The Rise of the American Taliban’ (Foreign Policy)

KARACHI, Pakistan (Feb. 4, 2016)— In the strongholds of hard-line Pakistani Islamist thought, they are talking about Donald Trump and laughing. Then they shake their heads with concern. “He doesn’t belong in the White House, he belongs in a mental hospital,” 46-year-old Hafez Tahrir Ashrafi, a Muslim cleric who is head of the country’s Ulema […]

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A chessboard Middle East: Russia’s pawn is Syria (The Seattle Times)

 By Lawrence Pintak, Special to The Seattle Times — (Oct. 17, 2015) MODERN Syria is dead. Russia’s intervention into the bloody four-year conflict cements that reality. Now U.S. policymakers must plan for what comes next. And it’s not pretty. Officially, the Russians say they entered Syria to fight the radical Islamic State. But they come […]

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Money, politics, power struggles — Pakistan’s media scandal has it all (GlobalPost)

By Lawrence Pintak (May 25, 2015) KARACHI, Pakistan — A government raid on the company that is bankrolling Pakistan’s newest media conglomerate has highlighted the corruption and infighting within the country’s news industry. A front-page article in The New York Times early last week accused Karachi-based Axact — which calls itself “the world’s leading IT company” — of […]